Beyonce to Donate $100,000 For Scholarships at Black Colleges

On the back of wide praise for her two-hour performance at the Coachella music festival, Beyonce on Monday said she was offering $100,000 in scholarship money to students at four historically black colleges and universities. The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-19 academic year will give away $25,000 in scholarship money to a student […]

Islamabad Seeks to Raise Up to $1 Billion From Expats as Reserves Dwindle

Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves falling fastest in Asia Irshad Salim — Pakistan’s economic managers have flagged off  a long-awaited plan to raise as much as $1 billion from its diaspora in its latest effort to boost foreign-exchange reserves that have dropped close to the lowest in three years. The government now plans to launch an […]

Afghan Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad Fined After Playing for Pakistan Club

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Trouble-prone Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been fined after he was caught playing for a Pakistani cricket club without permission, an Afghan official said on Monday. Shahzad has been ordered to pay 300 000 Afghanis (about $4 400) and return to Afghanistan after taking part in a local tournament in Peshawar, the capital […]

PM Abbasi, Army Chief, Defense Minister in Saudi to Inspect Counterterrorism, Gulf Shield Exercises

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi along with a high level delegation reached Dammam on Sunday on a two-day official visit to inspect the exercises of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC). The delegation accompanying the prime minister also includes the Army Chief and Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir. The second stage of the […]

Blackmail Is So Black That It’s Witty! Verdict: 3/5

OMAIR ALAVI: What would you or a friend of yours do if they found out that their wife was having an affair during the time he was working in his office? Would you not confront that guy first and later the wife for being unfaithful? Or you would want to compete with that other guy […]

[TALENT SPOTTED] Pakistan’s Newest 15-Year-Old Speedster in the Making

Meet Nasim Shah, the 15-year-old Peshawar born, who is making rounds on the internet after the video showing him bowling some jaw breaking bouncers went viral. The Pakistani teenager played Pepsi U16 in 2016 from Peshawar and now associated with ZTBL in Grade-2 tournament 2018. He also took 3/22 and 3/29 against Australia U16 in […]

Arif Naqvi’s Abraaj Group Hires Deloitte for Review of Business, $1Bln Troubled Fund

Abraaj’s founder Arif Naqvi handed day-to-day running of the investment management business to two co-chief executives and the group was split into Abraaj Investment Management Ltd (AIML) and Abraaj Holdings in late February. (BE2C2) — Dubai-based Abraaj Group has hired Deloitte to examine its business, including its troubled $1 billion healthcare fund, after investors questioned […]

Barbara Bush, Wife of Ex-President George H.W. Bush, in ‘Failing Health’

Former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health.” The office of her husband, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, released a statement Sunday, saying the 92-year-old is in “failing health” and will no longer seek medical treatment. Instead, the office says, she will focus on comfort care. The statement did not describe […]

Military, Bar Assocs., Politicians Condemn Firing Incidents at Supreme Court Judge’s Residence in Lahore

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Director General of Pakistan military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday strongly condemned the firing incident at the house of Supreme Court judge Justice Ejazul Ahsan in Lahore. ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said the firing incident at the residence of Justice Ejazul Ahsan is condemnable. He said it […]

Chief Justice of Supreme Court Orders ‘Independent Forensic Audit’ of Pakistan Railways

The Pakistan Railways annual earning has increased from Rs18 billion some five years ago to Rs50 billion though the losses also rose from Rs30bn to around Rs35bn annually. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered an independent forensic audit of Pakistan Railways during the suo motu hearing in Lahore on […]

‘Civic Engagement’ Keyword at Pakistani-American Community & Youth Convention 2018

Pakistanis in the U.S. are one of the most educated group in the immigrants community with average educational level higher than average American, and a higher average household income than the average household income in America. Irshad Salim — The Pakistan embassy in U.S. held a convention at its premise on Saturday in Washington to […]

Pakistan Successfully Test Fires Babur Ballistic Cruise Missile With Enhanced Range of 700Km

Last month Pakistan had carried out successful test of the nuclear-capable Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur and claimed to have attained ‘Credible Second Strike Capability’. (PKONWEB) — Pakistan on Saturday conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously developed Babur cruise missile to bolster the country’s deterrence capabilities, an Inter-Services […]

Putin Holds SECRET CONVERSATION With Erdogan on Syria Following US-led Airstrikes

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Russian president Vladimir Putin has held secret conversations with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the two countries look to strengthen relations following the airstrikes on Syria launched early Saturday morning. In a phone call on Saturday the two men discussed the military strikes carried out by the West as they […]

Coalition of U.S., UK, France Calls Syria Strikes a Success; Russia, Iran Condemn Attack

Coalition of U.S. Britain and France launched 105 weapons against Syria, with none intercepted, Deptt of Defense says (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The United States said Saturday its airstrikes against Syria were successful while Syrian allies Iran and Russia argue the attack was a violation of international law and Syria’s deputy parliament speaker says he believes Western […]

Why India Is Carrying Out 10,000 Sorties of Combat Aircraft Fleet in 3 Days

Meanwhile, the IAF has launched a very ambitious $19.5 billion program to buy 110 military fighters on transfer of technology and performance based logistics basis. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — India is aiming to prepare itself for a short and swift two-front war against its neighbors China and Pakistan who are very close–the ‘Iron Brothers’ have jointly undertaken […]

Anti State Agenda, Engineered Protests Won’t Be Allowed: Army Chief Bajwa

(PKONWEB) — Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that “engineered protests” would not be allowed to reverse the gains of counterterrorism operations and cautioned the nation against forgetting sacrifices of “real heroes”. Gen Bajwa was speaking to notables in Peshawar and at an investiture ceremony at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. […]

Annual Qarlasht Festival Kicks Off in Chitral–Pakistan’s Northernmost Tourist Resort (PICS)

In order to encourage youth to take part in healthy activities the DC Chitral personally undertook rock climbing. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A four-day festival kicked off on Thursday in Chitral, the northernmost part of Pakistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Chitral, the largest district of KP, shares border with Gilgit-Baltistan to the east, with Kunar, Badakshan and […]

Turkey Stops Thousands of Human Traffickers, Along With Illegal Immigrants

Europe chose “prevention of migration” while Turkey chose “management of migration.” (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Thursday that security forces last year captured 4,500 human smugglers profiting from illegal immigrants seeking access to Europe via Turkey. A favorite destination for migrants aspiring to reach EU countries, Turkey–bridge to Europe, has intercepted more […]

U.S. Navy Awards Contract To Boeing For Standoff Land Attack Missiles For Saudi Arabia

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Boeing has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for standoff land attack missiles to support Saudi Arabia, a major ally for the US in the Middle East region. The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $64 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. […]

Pakistan Envoy to Saudi Thanks OIC Secy Gen For Statement On Kashmir Violence

(PKONWEB) — The Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham bin Saddique called on Secretary General Dr. Yousaf A. Al-Othaimeen on Wednesday at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretariat in Jeddah. Amb. Saddique thanked the Secretary General for his statement on recent violence by the Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris and for condemning the […]